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With August almost over and September around the corner, we’re only a few weeks away from the start of Fantastic Fest, taking place September 22nd–29th in Austin, Texas. Following the announcement of the first wave of programming earlier this month, the second wave of films have now been revealed, including even more titles for horror, sci-fi, and suspense fans to look forward to seeing:
Press Release: Austin, TX – Thursday, August 25, 2016 – Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest delivers another dose of cinematic decadence with its second wave of programming. Procured once again from the most curious corners of the genre universe, Fantastic Fest is proud to announce its opening film, Denis Villeneuve’s stunning Arrival. Arrival marks Villeneuve’s Fantastic Fest debut, which has proven to be worth the wait as his spectacular science fiction feature promises to kick off proceedings in explosive fashion.
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- Derek Anderson
After countless rumors of release dates, delays, and social media teases, this past weekend, Frank Ocean floored the music world by dropping two albums — Endless and Blonde — along with a massive magazine titled, “Boys Don’t Cry.” He ended the four year drought since 2012’s Channel Orange is a huge way, and in the […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
The modern movie landscape can make some people feel like the best days of film are behind us. With remakes, reboots and adaptations very abundant, and original movies seemingly not raking it in at the box office, that is an understandable sentiment. But the BBC felt like there are a lot of recent movies worth celebrating, and that is why they set out to make a list of the 100 greatest movies of the 21st century. The list they came up with is nothing if not interesting, and it is definitely a reminder that there are a lot of great movies that have been made in the last 16 years.
BBC published the list on Tuesday morning, after taking months to put it all together. In order to come up with this list, they used nearly 200 critics from both print and online publications, as well as academics and curators. The contributors that were used spanned the globe, »
If there’s one thing that pop culture obsessives love doing, it’s making lists. If there’s another thing they love doing, it’s dissecting and arguing about a list made by another pop culture obsessive. What was included? What was overlooked? What ranked way too high and what should’ve ranked higher? These are the questions on which the discussion is built. So today, when the BBC published a list of the top 100 films of the 21st century based on top 10 lists of 177 critics worldwide, controversy was sure to erupt. For starters, here’s the top 25 of the list:
25. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
20. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)
19. Mad Max: Fury Road (George ...
- Rob Dean
After a few delays, Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange follow-up, Blond, has now arrived and, with it, not only an additional visual album, but Boys Don’t Cry, a magazine that only a select few were able to get their hands on. (Although, if you believe the artist’s mom, we can expect a wider release soon.) In between a personal statement about his new work and a Kanye West poem about McDonalds, Ocean also listed his favorite films of all-time and we have the full list today.
Clocking at 207.23 hours, as Ocean notes, his list includes classics from Andrei Tarkovsky, David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Fritz Lang, Werner Herzog, Akira Kurosawa, Ridley Scott, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergei Eisenstein, F. W. Murnau, Luis Buñuel, and more.
As for some more recent titles, it looks like The Royal Tenenbaums »
- Jordan Raup
Last year, the BBC polled a bunch of critics to determine the 100 greatest American films of all time and only six films released after 2000 placed at all. This year, the BBC decided to determine the “new classics,” films from the past 16 years that will likely stand the test of time, so they polled critics from around the globe for their picks of the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century so far. David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.” tops the list, Wong Kar-Wai’s “In The Mood For Love” places second, and Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen Brothers both have 2 films in the top 25. See the full results below.
Read More: The Best Movies of the 21st Century, According to IndieWire’s Film Critics
Though the list itself is fascinating, what’s also compelling are the statistics about the actual list. According to the the BBC, they polled 177 film critics from every continent except Antarctica. »
- Vikram Murthi
Ryan Lambie Aug 23, 2016
A critics' survey puts Mullholland Drive at the top of the list of the best films since 2000. Did yours make the cut?
Movie critics love Linklater, Studio Ghibli, the Coens and the surrealist stylings of David Lynch. At least, that's if a newly-published list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century is anything to go by.
BBC Culture commissioned the poll, which took in responses from 177 film critics from all over the world. As a result, the top 100 includes an eclectic mix of the mainstream to independent movies, from dramas to sci-fi and off-beat comedies. Feew would be surprised to see things like Paolo Sorrentino's handsome Italian confection The Great Beauty propping up the lower end of the list, or that such acclaimed directors as Wes Anderson or the aforementioned Coens feature heavily.
What is pleasing to see, though, is how much good genre stuff has made the cut, »
Although we’re only about 16% into the 21st century thus far, the thousands of films that have been released have provided a worthy selection to reflect on the cinematic offerings as they stand. We’ve chimed in with our favorite animations, comedies, sci-fi films, and have more to come, and now a new critics’ poll that we’ve taken part in has tallied up the 21st century’s 100 greatest films overall.
The BBC has polled 177 critics from around the world, resulting in a variety of selections, led by David Lynch‘s Mulholland Drive. Also in the top 10 was Wong Kar-wai‘s In the Mood For Love and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, which made my personal ballot (seen at the bottom of the page).
- Jordan Raup
Paul Thomas Anderson’s excellent video for Radiohead’s “Daydreaming” gets broken down in this video essay by Rishi Kaneria. While his analysis involves some questionable number crunching — and specifically the number 23, which calls to mind all kinds of conspiracy theories — it’s also a solid analysis of the easter eggs in the video that tell the story of the dissolution of Thom Yorke’s longterm relationship. »
- Filmmaker Staff
“Like many great works of art, Radiohead‘s latest music video makes you struggle for its inner meaning,” Rishi Kaneria posits in his new video essay, “The Secrets of Daydreaming,” which dissects the band’s Paul Thomas Anderson-directed collaboration. “It’s a film that is stubbornly ambiguous and resolute at guarding its personal secrets. The first time you watch it, you get the sense that, like an iceberg, much of its weight lies beneath the surface. But if you were willing to take a pick-axe to its icy shell you will find that at its core, there is a warm, beating heart — even if that heart may be broken.”
The obvious visual metaphor is first presented, as the video represents the choices Thom Yorke has made in his life — never going back through the same door, ultimately searching for meaning, and ending up alone. More intriguingly, Kaneria argues that »
- Jordan Raup
NEWSPhoto by Luca DieguezThe Locarno Film Festival has announced its awards, which include the Golden Leopard for Ralitza Petrova's Godless, Special Jury Prize for Radu Jude's Scarred Hearts, and Best Direction to João Pedro Rodrigues for The Ornithologist. Eduardo Williams, who we interviewed at the festival, won the top prize in the Filmmakers of the Present Section for The Human Surge, and Nele Wohlatz, who we also talked to, won the Prize for Best First Feature for her El Futuro Perfecto. See our index of Locarno coverage here.Michael Haneke has wrapped shooting on his follow-up to Amour. Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert and Mathieu Kassovitz, Happy End "revolves around the life of a middle-class family in Northern France who are faced with a number of setbacks but pay little attention to the dire situation in the refugee camps just a few miles away from their house."The »
Well, take all my money right now. Another month, another insane Criterion Collection line-up that will bleed you dry because you’ll feel like you need every release. First up, the new crown jewel in the collection, the first Paul Thomas Anderson title on Criterion. “Punch Drunk Love.” In case you’ve been living under a rock, […]
- Rodrigo Perez
November tends to be the biggest month of the year for the Criterion Collection, the boutique home video company releasing some of their most exciting releases in time for the holiday shopping season. And, lucky for us, that trend continues in 2016, as Criterion has just revealed this year’s batch of November titles, and the slate includes some absolutely major must-owns. From Paul Thomas Anderson finally joining the Collection (and bringing Adam Sandler along with him!) to a series of samurai films that have never gotten their proper due, these are movies that are worth stampeding for on Black Friday.
Check out Criterion’s full November 2016 slate below, listed in rough order of our excitement for each title. And be sure to visit Criterion’s website for full release info.
It was only a matter of time before Paul Thomas Anderson finally joined the Criterion Collection, »
- David Ehrlich
Exclusive: Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer have joined the cast of 24 Hours to Live, a thriller from Fundamental Films and Thunder Road starring Ethan Hawke and Chinese actress Xu Qing. Production is under way in Cape Town, South Africa on the pic, which follows a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily, just after being killed on the job. No details on the roles for Anderson, Cunningham or… »
As we patiently await whatever Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis are cooking up for their 1950s set fashion movie (on that premise alone, just tell me a release date and I’ll show up), let’s take a trip back to their knockout first collaboration “There Will Be Blood.” Read More: The Best & The Rest Every […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Although it may be hard to believe, summer is picking up speed and heading towards fall and the beginning of Fantastic Fest, taking place September 22nd–29th in Austin, Texas. The first wave of programming for the always entertaining festival has been revealed, and horror fans already have one big event to look forward to, as Don Coscarelli, David Hartman, and several original Phantasm cast members will be on hand for the world premiere of Phantasm: Ravager, along with a special showing of Phantasm: Remastered.
Press Release:Austin, TX – Tuesday, August 2, 2016 – Fantastic Fest announces its first wave of programming for its 12th annual celebration of genre-twisting cinema. This year’s festival sees Tim Burton make a triumphant return for a most peculiar red carpet screening of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children; the World Premiere of Phantasm: Ravager; an Art House Theater Day special screening of Phantasm: Remastered »
- Derek Anderson
As is usually the case with the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, we’re not exactly holding our breath that we’ll be seeing his next collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis anytime soon. To help ease the wait for their reunion following There Will Be Blood, an extensive conversation has now surfaced online, featuring the pair at NYC’s 92nd Street Y, discussing their 2007 sprawling masterwork not long after its release.
Comparisons to Citizen Kane, being influenced by Treasure of Sierra Madre, why the last line is why Daniel Day-Lewis wanted to do the film, how Jonny Greenwood delivered over two hours of music, shooting on the same location as Giant, and more are discussed during the talk. “My decision-making process has to happen in such a way that I’m absolutely unaware of it, otherwise I’m somehow objectifying a situation that demands something utterly different,” Day-Lewis notes, speaking to »
- Jordan Raup
In 1984, Ron Howard directed the fantasy rom-com “Splash,” starring a young Tom Hanks as a New York businessman who falls in love with a beautiful mermaid played by Daryl Hannah. The film was a surprise box office success and all but began Hanks’ long and illustrious film career.
Now over 30 years later, Disney plans to remake “Splash” with a fresh spin on it: Channing Tatum will play the Hannah mermaid character and Jillian Bell will play the Hanks role. Deadline reports that Bell pitched the idea to Disney. Imagine partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will produce the film, and Marja-Lewis Ryan will write the script.
- Vikram Murthi
With the hopeful success of Michael Fassbender jumping off buildings, Ubisoft is gearing up for an adaptation of another one of their video games titled The Division, which already stars Jake Gyllenhaal. Now, THR reports Jessica Chastain may join the Nightcrawler star in the dystopian action thriller set in New York City after a smallpox outbreak leaves the world torn. Hollywood has long-since tried to bring video games to the big screen, usually with muddled results. Star caliber of this rate is a good starting point, but who is set to helm and pen the film will be the next test to see how serious Ubisoft is to make this work. Chastain was most recently seen in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and she’s slated for six films over the next year. Gyllenhaal is also producing the film with Gerard Guillemot of Ubisoft.
In non-button-mashing news, it’s been »
- Mike Mazzanti
Deadline has the scoop, confirming that Foster – best known for roles in The Finest Hours and Duncan Jones’ fantasy epic Warcraft: The Beginning – is bound for the frontier alongside Christian Bale and Gone Girl‘s Rosamund Pike.
Rooted in 1892, Cooper’s follow-up to Black Mass chronicles the remarkable tale of legendary Army Capt. Joseph J. Blocker, who defies orders and common sense in order to “escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Pike) whose family was murdered on the plains.”
No word yet on what role Foster has nabbed, but we do understand the remainder of the casting docket features Wes Studi, »
- Michael Briers
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